Car Care Tips Every Woman Driver Should Know
Here at AskPatty, we receive thousands of auto-related questions from women looking for advice from our expert panel.
|Of these, about 85% are women with questions about car care – so it's clear that this is something women want to know about!|
This spring we're teaming up with Sears Auto Center to present a free Car Care Clinic to keep “Women on the Move”, so we're kicking things off with some great must-know car care tips. If you're looking for a little Car Care 101, read on – if you want to learn even more, get to a Sears Auto Center Car Care Clinic on May 21!
April is National Car Care Month, so now's the time to spend a little time and money on some simple maintenance jobs, and it will save you big money and hassle all year.
Check your tires: Even if your car has a tire-pressure monitor, it is a good idea to check your tire pressure once a month. Under-inflated tires, even a few pounds that won’t trigger your dashboard monitor, will cause premature wear and harm fuel economy.
Volvo Cars has created an awareness campaign called #DrivingDirty – a movement focused on water conservation in the midst of California’s current drought. Inspired by the efforts of Steve Hinkle, President and GM of Volvo San Diego, Volvo is asking Californians and their neighbors to stop washing their cars for one month – potentially saving 18 million* gallons of water throughout the state. (*Statistics based on washing your car at home.)
Daylight Saving Time has ended, and that means fewer hours of daylight until we set the clocks ahead again in spring. Before hitting the road, it is a wise idea to make sure your vehicle's lights are in proper working order, says the non-profit Car Care Council.
"Lights play a critical role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if you can't see or be seen," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "From the driver's seat you may not notice a light that isn't working, so inspect all of your car's lights and replace those that are out."
The non-profit @CarCareCouncil is hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday to help educate drivers about the importance of preventative vehicle maintenance and getting their vehicle ready for winter. Please join in at 2pm EDT on October 15, 2015, to discuss #FallCarCare.
Joining the conversation is easy! Participants are invited to join the twitter chat to ask and respond to questions, and to share about the event by favoriting and retweeting using the #FallCarCare hashtag to share with your followers. They also encourage you to write and send your own tweets using the hashtag #FallCarCare.
To prep you for the event, the Car Care Council is sharing the ten fall car care tips below.
You just purchased an automobile. New or used vehicles almost always come equipped with an owner's manual. But most women – more even than men – tend to just glance through it and then put it in the glove compartment to gather dust, and eventually be hidden behind the collections of other paraphernalia that seems to accumulate there.
You are excited. I know you want to get in that new car, and just drive away and show it to all your friends. You really don’t want to take the time to read the manual, perhaps thinking you can read it later. But times have changed. In the ‘50’s all we had was AM radios to keep us entertained. In today’s vehicles, the technological accessories have taken over our once-clean dashboards, converting them into intricate space-age display units, comparable to those found in Star Wars Starship decks. Very few new vehicles today come in basic plain vanilla.
Saving money and making it last as long as possible is something many people attempt each and every day. It’s surprising however that as much as people want to save money, they forget about looking after their vehicle. So let’s take a look at ways to keep your vehicle in shape without having to spend a bucket load of cash on car maintenance.
I often ask the students I’m teaching to drive who’s responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle; the owner of the vehicle or the driver? The correct answer is both. If the owner isn’t the sole driver of the vehicle, the driver should inform the owner if something isn’t working properly. The owner can either fix it themselves or have a professional do it.
Protect the body. Free the soul. That’s the message of the latest campaign from Turtle Wax. It’s about feeling confident in your car and seizing the open road. Starting today, Turtle Wax is giving car lovers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to choose their own adventure.
Turtle Wax believes cars are meant to be driven, not to collect dust in your garage. They should roar, screech, and skid. And no matter the make, model, or year, you deserve to feel great owning and driving your car.